International Mission Board looks to future, appoints 26 new missionaries

International Mission Board (IMB) trustees approved the appointment of 26 new missionaries to take the gospel to the nations during their May 22–23 meeting in Richmond, Virginia. 

Trustees also considered pivotal changes in ministry advancement and prayer strategies and elected 2019–2020 officers among other business.

The new missionaries will be commissioned for service at a Sending Celebration June 11 at 4:20 p.m. during the afternoon session of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Birmingham. 

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In his address to the board of trustees IMB President Paul Chitwood referenced Revelation 7:9, noting, “They are worshipping — worshipping the One who is worthy.

“We call that the IMB’s vision but we’re always quick to point out that it is, first and foremost, the vision of the Church,” Chitwood said.

He said the fulfillment of that vision takes people all over the world — mountains, plains, cities, jungles, villages and refugee settlements — undeterred by immense challenges.

“And that’s why we are here,” he told trustees. “We are here to ensure they can go out there. We are here to do everything … that has to be done to give them the support they need, the training they need, the resources they need to be as effective as they can be as they go.” (IMB)